Industrialization of Healthcare Logistics
The industrial sector has boiled this down to a science; after all, industry’s namesake – industrialization – is a pseudonym for optimization and efficiency. The supply flow that industry builds is consistently the most efficient process in practice, because in industry, seconds saved are dollars earned.
Although medical supplies are not widgets used in a manufacturing plant, the mechanics are the same – supplies must to be ordered and distributed according to the need at the point-of-use. Consistently providing the right item at the right time is contingent upon knowing the demand at the point-of-use and delivering it there efficiently.
This parallel in mechanics encourages us to investigate the performance gap that exists between industry and healthcare supply chain:
In light of the impact on patient care that logistics efficiencies could bring, forward-thinking healthcare professionals began adapting industrialization concepts for the healthcare industry. PAR Level systems and process reengineering was adapted and adopted, and thereafter Lean. As technology became familiar in industry, healthcare began adding barcoding and e-ordering to their processes.
Industry’s impressive performance metrics has long served as a beacon for healthcare supply chain, with healthcare professionals always benefiting from industry’s uncompromising pursuit to improve upon the status quo, picking and choosing which processes and technologies are most appropriate to make the healthcare supply chain run more smoothly and more effectively.
Industrialization is a broad concept that encapsulates Lean and automation technology alike; it is a consolidation of the most efficient approach to logistics we understand today.
At Logi-D, we believe that industrialization of the healthcare supply chain – the physical and informational flow of supply-related processes – is a powerful means towards enablement of clinical staff to focus on and excel at tasks that are directly related to patient care, and empowerment of a materials management department that doesn’t necessarily have the tools to ensure the right supply is at the right place at the right time.
We are steadfast in our research, always innovating and striving to identify new ways to transform the technologies and inventions that are tested and proven in other industries so they deliver financial and process efficiencies in the healthcare environment as they do in other settings. It is born of a consulting pedigree that evolved into technology adaptation and software development. It is our culture.
We do not want to own this culture; we want to share it, to speak about it, and to encourage others to adopt it. It is a culture we fervently believe will help the healthcare environment become healthier, both financially and in its levels of service.